The Economics of Firing Heavy Fuels in Utility Gas Turbines PUBLIC ACCESS

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R. Singh

Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK

M. S. Baker

National Power, Swindon, UK

Paper No. 97-AA-141, pp. V001T05A010; 9 pages
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • Singapore, September 30–October 2, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7867-5
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


Heavy fuel oil is of interest for firing in utility gas turbine and combined cycle plant, particularly in the developing economies of Asia and Latin America. There are few detailed studies published, which justify in commercial terms the use of heavy fuels in utility gas turbine plant or indicate the scenarios when this should be considered. Whilst this technology/fuel combination is mature and can be considered proven, awareness of the option and the technical and commercial implications is not widespread.

This paper outlines the technical and commercial implications of firing heavy fuels in open cycle peaking and base load combined cycle plant. An economic comparison is made with the alternative fuel and technology options. It is demonstrated that firing heavy fuels in base load combined cycle plant can yield significant cost savings compared to using alternative technologies and liquid fuels, provided the emissions limits are not restrictive.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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